Monthly Archives: May 2014

Why Do Runners Get Hurt?

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Running is an interesting topic in the field of fitness and health. You have those that hate running with a passion, those that love running 10 miles a day rain or shine, and everyone in between. It gets its popularity because it is easy. Put on a pair of shoes and go run. The ongoing […]

Exercises for Flexion Based Back Pain

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Understanding back pain is one of the most important aspects of managing and hopefully reducing it in the long run. Back pain can come in flexion based, extension based, rotation based, and compression based. This assumes we are not talking about medical diagnoses. Most back pain issues are chronic, non specific, and annoying as hell. […]

3 Upper Body Exercises for the Chest and Shoulders

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If I were to go around to most gyms in the country I am sure that there would be two major types of training going on: Upper body work and cardio. It might not be my preferred way to train or to have people train but it is the reality. Mondays are for benching, Wednesday […]

Off Season Training for Hockey

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The hockey season ended about a month and a half ago for most players. The summer will be upon us in the next couple of months. This means that the training program can start to make some changes. Right now hockey players would be in a post season phase, trying to reverse the effects of […]

Improving T Spine Mobility for Golf

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Golfers can come in all shapes and sizes. Just take a look at a PGA tour event and you will see some guys that are long and lean, short and strong, and some that look nothing remotely close to athletic. Yet they are able to have enough success to continue to compete and keep their […]

Strong Hamstrings with 3 Exercises

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The hamstrings are an important muscle group for the development of the low body. They seem to get forgotten about since most activities are quad dominant. Running, sports, squatting, and cycling are all focused on the quads. One of the most important things that most people need to work on is their ability to use […]

Build a Strong Butt with Lunges

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The glutes are a muscle group that seems to be a weird topic in strength training. On one end, you have the majority of people that have no clue that there are muscles on their backside. Conversely, there are people who train to build a “squat butt”. The reason that I say it’s a weird […]

Training During Golf Season

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The weather is finally starting to get more consistently nice here in New England. That means that people will start to flock to the golf course to shake off the rust from the winter. Some of us have more work to do than others on the course. There is also work to be done off […]

Overhead Pressing and Back Pain

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I have not had a good track record with overhead pressing and those with back pain. These were not with large loads, usually just a little more weight than the bar. But twice, I have seen people with a history of back pain have setbacks due to overhead pressing. As a result, it has caused […]

Being Smart about Pain and Tightness

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“No pain no gain” is one of the worst quotes associated with fitness. It creates a sense that anyone that isn’t working to their limits is wasting their time. This statement actually sets back most people from their goals. There is a time and place to absolutely work your butt and be smoked by a […]